Skateistan is an award-winning international non-profit organization that uses skateboarding and education for youth empowerment. Over 1500 at-risk youth, aged 5-17, attend Skateistan’s programs every week in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. Over 40% of students are girls. Through their innovative programs, Skate and Create, Back-to-School and Youth Leadership, Skateistan aims to give youth the opportunity to become leaders for a better world.
The Skate School
Since 2014, we have been active in Johannesburg running sessions at Outreach locations and with partner organizations. Through the Skate School, our aim is to provide programs to more youth in the Central Business District (CBD) area of Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Skate School is now officially open and programs are up and running. Students between the ages of 5-17, with a particular focus on girls and low-income youth, have the opportunity to play and learn as part of the Skate and Create program, or access homework help and career advice as part of the Back-To-School program. Exceptional youth have the chance to join the Youth Leadership program to help organize events and assist with sessions. Thanks to support from the Royal Danish Embassy, Comic Relief and Tony Hawk Foundation, over 200 students (47% girls) have already registered for Skateistan’s programs, with the aim of 300 registered students by the end of 2016, and more than 400 in 2017.